Felt, threat, graphite
40 x 180 cm
*1974 in Skopje, Yugoslavia, now North Macedonia. Lives and works in Skopje.
The sewing and embroidery of fabrics and cloths with uplifting or admonishing proverbs is one of the handicrafts that have traditionally been performed by women and which are not normally attributed to the noble field of fine art. However, this work by Hristina Ivanoska contains a fragment from the philosophical text 'L'archéologie du savoir' by Michel Foucault published in 1969: 'History is what transforms the documents into monuments'.
The second sentence on the piece of felt is a clear commitment to the freedom of art that does not serve public or state purposes.
The small work with the strong message was part of the exhibition that Hristina Ivanosko and Yane Calovski - both work individually and occasionally together - realized in 2015 with 'We are all in this alone' for the Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.